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Angela Russell Resigns

by Staff | Apr 8, 2014 11:18 am

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Posted to: City Hall, Beaver Hills, West Hills, Westville

Cora Lewis Photo (Updated 1:48 p.m. with Russell comment.) Queue up yet another special election: Angela Russell has resigned from the Board of Alders.

Russell (pictured) represents Ward 27, a ward designed in the style of the Cubists, encompassing shards of Beaver Hills, West Hills, Westville, Beverly Hills, and Amity.

The resignation took effect Monday. A special election for the seat has been scheduled for May 22.

In a letter to Board President Jorge Perez, Russell did not give specific reasons for her resignation. “After carefully and prayerfully lamenting over my role and responsibility as an alder, I believe that I can be most effective in New Haven’s political process as a citizen speaking out on issues,” she wrote. “I do expect to stay actively involved in the future, however this time as a concerned, interested member of the community.”

Russell, who was part of a labor-backed slate of candidates who won control of the Board of Alders (then called the “Board of Aldermen”) in the 2011 elections, was beginning her second two-year term at the time of her resignation.

“There’s not one specific thing that led to this,” Russell told the Independent. It all boils down to: I can more effective as an resident when it comes to public safety and public schools.” She concluded she had been more effective as a citizen activist than as an alder.

As part of a political group like the Board of Alders, “you always have to be careful what you say, because it’s always misunderstood no matter what,” Russell said.

Her resignation follows that of the following other alders already this year: Ward 7’s Doug Hausladen, Ward 3’s Jackie James, Ward 16’s Migdalia Castro. The three alders all left to take jobs with the new Harp Administraiton.

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posted by: HewNaven on April 8, 2014  11:44am

Russell (pictured) represents Ward 27, a ward designed in the style of the Cubists, encompassing shards of Beaver Hills, West Hills, Westville, Beverly Hills, and Amity.

Sure its an odd shape, but a simple way to understand Ward 27 is that it follows the shape of the West River and the Upper Whalley corridor (between Harrison and Ramsdell). It’s less concerned with the neighborhoods that surround that corridor which have their own representatives. So, this is an important seat for the businesses down that way.

http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/aldermen/PDFs/WardMap_27.pdf

posted by: LookOut on April 8, 2014  12:44pm

Let’s this spot with an Alder who supports the People’s Caucus.  More power to the residents - less to the machine!

posted by: Jim Travers on April 8, 2014  1:11pm

This is truly a loss.  Angela was a wonderful Alderperson.  She was a true advocate for her community.  It was a joy to work with her.

Alderwoman Russell, thank you for your devotion, commitment, and respect.  I wish you all the best.

posted by: The Professor on April 8, 2014  1:47pm

So Ms. Russell believes that she will have more influence off of the board than she has a duly elected sitting Alderperson?

If she needs to resign to “speak out on issues” what does that say about the climate on the Board of Alders?

posted by: Threefifths on April 8, 2014  2:08pm

She will be replace with another Rubber Stamper.

posted by: robn on April 8, 2014  2:16pm

Professor for the win.

posted by: IloveMYcity203 on April 8, 2014  2:52pm

@The Professor

that’s exactly what I was thinking! Things are definitely getting interesting in City Hall.

posted by: ohnonotagain on April 8, 2014  5:08pm

Certainly can’t blame her. If she feels her voice will be heard as a citizen instead of an alder, so be it. Not saying much for this awful board. She was smart to get out and not be linked to their nonsense and destructive behavior. Taxpayers, we are in trouble!!!!

posted by: NewHavenTaxTooHigh on April 8, 2014  5:55pm

I would like to see the People’s Caucus recruit and back a candidate. I’d be the first to make a contribution!

posted by: HewNaven on April 8, 2014  6:08pm

Let’s this spot with an Alder who supports the People’s Caucus.  More power to the residents - less to the machine!

I’ll take a pragmatist over an ideologue of any shade.

posted by: Pat Wallace on April 8, 2014  10:26pm

Alderwoman Russell spent many hours and provided energy and leadership to push for effective action to resolve the dangerous traffic problem on lower Valley Street.  Residents of Mountain Valley Place are losing a capable and dedicated public servant who worked consistently on this.

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